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PuSh Festival: Sanctuary: The Dakota Bear Ancient Forest Experience

February 3 2021 @ 7:02 am - February 7 2021 @ 9:02 am PST

Damien Gillis and Cease Wyss present an ecological adventure—a feast for the senses, and an implicit call to action. This 360° projection takes you to a place that has existed since the last Ice Age and is now under threat. Inside a geodesic dome, viewers experience an auditory mix of music and nature sounds, as well as a wraparound view of an ancient forest, beautifully captured by co-director and cinematographer Olivier Leroux. Hosted by Wyss herself, this is a transporting experience: from the inside of hollow trunks, where black bears make their winter dens, to the precipice of a waterfall and other magical places, it offers the thrill of true immersion.

Viewers also see a logging operation: a clear-cut, and a tree plantation; scenes that drive home what is at stake in the protection of this land, as well as the different values with which people regard it. The experience concludes with a traditional song, performed in the heart of the forest by Wyss, which conveys a sense of the sacred. Alternately contemplative and thrilling, Sanctuary is a journey that will bring you to a new understanding, and a new sense of urgency.
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2021-02-03 @ 7:02 am PST
2021-02-07 @ 9:02 am PST
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Performance Works
Vancouver, BC
V6H 3R9 Canada
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February 3 – 5: 3pm – 7:15pm
February 6 – 7: 1pm – 5:15pm
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